Archive for April 3rd, 2010

So, what are the odds?

April 3, 2010

Played Lotto today.  Saw it was sumpteen million bucks so I snagged a ticket. Got home and wondered what the odds are.  So I did a reality check. Found a nifty little program that told me my odds are 1 in 13,983,716. Hmmm.  So I snooped around and here how the odds stack up with other stuff.

My chances of climbing Mt. Everest: 1 in 50,000,000. Feeling pretty good about my ticket. But I also have a 4% chance of never making it home alive. It looks up from here on out!

Odds of me becoming a billionaire: 1 in 1,000,000.

Odds of me getting a hole in one: 1 in 10,000.

Odds of being struck by lightning:  1 in 500,000. But 4/5th’s of the time I will live.

Odds of me being monched on by a shark: 1 in 10,000,000.

Odds of a squirrel stealing my keys: unknown.

Odds that I will slip in the shower and die. 1 in 2,332.

Odds that I will die via parts falling off an airplane:  1 in 10,000,000.

And that’s where I cut this  short. If some Boeing turboprop doohickey has a greater chance of striking me dead than I have of striking it rich playing Lotto, I’m out.  Until next week. ~Mike


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